Best Bets: Oak Ridge Boys at the MAC, Tammy Pescatelli does standup at the Improv

  • The Oak Ridge Boys bring their "Front Porch Singin' Tour" to Glen Ellyn's McAninch Arts Center at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 8.

    The Oak Ridge Boys bring their "Front Porch Singin' Tour" to Glen Ellyn's McAninch Arts Center at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 8. Courtesy of McAninch Arts Center

  • Craig D. Black Jr. and Alexandria Best previously performed in Amy Hall Garner's "As the Wind Blows," which is in Program B of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's "RE/UNION" Summer Series at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago.

    Craig D. Black Jr. and Alexandria Best previously performed in Amy Hall Garner's "As the Wind Blows," which is in Program B of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's "RE/UNION" Summer Series at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago. Courtesy of Michelle Reid

 
 
Updated 5/5/2022 11:14 AM

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Country & gospel

 

Hear country-pop hits like "Elvira," "Bobbie Sue" and more when the Oak Ridge Boys bring their "Front Porch Singin' Tour" to College of DuPage's McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. $80-$85. (630) 942-4000 or atthemac.org. 7 p.m. Sunday, May 8

Italian American comedian Tammy Pescatelli returns for a run of standup performances at Schaumburg's Improv Comedy Showcase.
Italian American comedian Tammy Pescatelli returns for a run of standup performances at Schaumburg's Improv Comedy Showcase.
Italian American laughs

Comedian Tammy Pescatelli ("Finding the Funny," "Last Comic Standing 2") returns to delve into her Italian American heritage for plenty of standup laughs this weekend at the Improv Comedy Showcase, 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. $22, plus a two-item purchase; for ages 18 and older. (847) 240-2001 or improv.com/chicago. 7 and 9:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 6-7, and 7 p.m. Sunday, May 8

The Central States Dahlia Society Sale returns to the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe this weekend.
The Central States Dahlia Society Sale returns to the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe this weekend. - Courtesy of Chicago Botanic Garden
Colorful bloomers

Get some colorful ideas for your garden at the Central States Dahlia Society Sale this weekend at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake-Cook Road, Glencoe. Included with general admission of $17.95; $15.95 kids 3-12; parking is $8. (847) 835-6801 or chicagobotanic.org/. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 7-8

The Robert R. McCormick House at Cantigny Park presents a live re-creation of "Chicago's Theatre of the Air" with an adaptation of Frank L. Baum's classic "The Wizard of Oz" Saturday and Sunday, May 7-8.
The Robert R. McCormick House at Cantigny Park presents a live re-creation of "Chicago's Theatre of the Air" with an adaptation of Frank L. Baum's classic "The Wizard of Oz" Saturday and Sunday, May 7-8. - Courtesy of Cantigny Park
Audible 'Oz'

Long before the classic 1939 film version of L. Frank Baum's popular 1900 children's novel, there was a 1920s adaptation for the airwaves. Experience Chicago's Theatre of the Air LIVE! in a performance of "The Wizard of Oz -- A Radio Play" this weekend at the Cantigny Park Bandshell, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Free. (630) 668-5161 or cantigny.org. 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 7-8

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Sweet!

Take a stroll through downtown Naperville Saturday while enjoying plenty of sweet treats from area businesses during the Downtown Naperville Chocolate Walk, which is co-sponsored by the Downtown Naperville Alliance and benefits the event's other co-sponsor, the Naperville Education Foundation. Check in at the Naperville Public Library's Nichols Library Community Room, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. $30 (advance registration is required; limited admission). (630) 420-3086 or nef203.org. Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 7

Eileen Ivers performs Celtic music at College of Lake County's Lumber Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, May 8.
Eileen Ivers performs Celtic music at College of Lake County's Lumber Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, May 8. - Courtesy of the College of Lake County
Celtic musician

Grammy Award-winner Eileen Ivers performs Celtic music as part of a special Mother's Day concert at College of Lake County's James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, Grayslake. $40; $30; $20-$25 for kids. (847) 543-2300 or jlcenter.clcillinois.edu. 4 p.m. Sunday, May 8

Haydn rivalry

The Music of the Baroque performs the "Creation" Mass and the Symphony in E-flat Major by respective composer brothers Joseph and Michael Haydn, plus Mozart's Symphony No. 26, in concerts at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, $35-$95; then at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago, $25-$95. (312) 551-1414 or baroque.org. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 8, in Skokie; 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 9, in Chicago

Amy Hall Garner's "As the Wind Blows" is featured in Program B of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's "RE/UNION" Summer Series at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago.
Amy Hall Garner's "As the Wind Blows" is featured in Program B of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's "RE/UNION" Summer Series at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago. - Courtesy of Michelle Reid
Modern dancers

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago returns with two summer season concerts titled "RE/UNION." Program A is Ohad Naharin's "DECADENCE/CHICAGO," while Program B is a mixed concert featuring works by Spenser Theberge, Amy Hall Garner and Naharin. Performances start Thursday at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago. $15-$110. (312) 334-7777, or harristheaterchicago.org or hubbardstreetdance.com. Program A: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12, and 8 p.m. Friday, May 13; Program B: 8 p.m. Saturday, May 14, and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 15

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